Top Podcasts to Listen to Before Starting Your English Literature BA

by Farina

Listening to podcasts is not only a great source of entertainment, but it is also an efficient way to gain knowledge on your specific interests. According to studies, podcasts activate mental images more vividly than viewing or reading; plus, podcasts actually require listeners to pay more attention. Other advantages include the opportunity to learn new things, being able to multitask and cutting down your screen time. You may want to gain insight on your degree before starting university and podcasts are the perfect tool to do that. So, here are the top podcasts I would suggest listening to before starting your English Literature BA at King’s College London.


  1. The Writers Almanac

The Writers Almanac is the perfect podcast for those with a specific interest in poetry. It is a daily podcast that features poetry and historical articles of literary relevance. These podcast episodes are quick to listen to, with each segment only being five minutes long, being perfect for those who may not have much time to listen to podcasts within their routine. Each day’s offering also includes a short informative piece that includes facts about what happened on that day in history as well as accessible poetry.

  1. The Great Books Podcast

This Podcast is great for individuals with a specific interest on the classics as well as novels and plays. The Great Books Podcast is devoted solely to classic literature. These 30 minute shows typically features a new guest who examines specific classics. Furthermore, the programmes isn’t only about book,  it also talks about plays by authors like Shakespeare and Chekhov from time to time.

  1. Lost Ladies of Lit

Hosted by writing partners, Kim Askew and Amy Helmes, the Lost Ladies of Lit podcast features many guests, from biographers and authors to journalists and cultural historians. Together, the pair discuss the missing classics written by women. Each episode does a great job of recovering lost pieces and bringing feminine figures under the spotlight. This podcast is an amazing opportunity to gain knowledge beyond big name authors and creatives and instead, truly understand artistic approaches made by women.

  1. Arts & Ideas

Arts & Ideas is a podcast that includes leading writers, artists and intellectuals debating concepts that shape our lives today. Within these podcasts, guests delve into various themes specifically, the connections between the past and the present. This is a podcast for those who prefer a more critical approach as each episode is great at laying out fresh academic research.

  1. Book Shambles with Robin and Josie

Each week, hosts Josie Long and Robin Ince along with a different special guest, delve into insightful, impassioned and fragmented debates by using books as a jumping off point. This podcast is great for those who prefer discussion based podcasts that take on an unstructured and free approach and style.

  1. The History of Literature

Jackie Wilson, a literary enthusiast, travels through the history of literature, from ancient epics to modern classics. If literary context is of interest to you, this is a podcast that will take you on a historical journey that will help you gain insight on intriguing literary pieces. This podcast does an amazing job at taking a fresh look at some of the world’s most enthralling examples of creative talent.

(Please note these are suggested but not compulsory or part of the designed course)

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